Krashes told the mayor that neighbors near the Atlantic Yards footprint had problems with ongoing construction activities. Bloomberg responded that there wasn't much the city could do.
"He specifically said it's a state project and the city doesn't have much sway or influence," Krashes recalled. "I told him I didn't think that was true. From what I hear, you are pushing quite hard on the project."
(After all, didn't his MTA appointees lead the charge for the revision of the Vanderbilt Yard deal?)
"I said I didn't believe the project had a public benefit." Krashes recalled, "and I asked him what he thought it was." The conversation ended, however, as campaign aides stepped in and moved Bloomberg along to another appointment.
They gave Krashes a number to call, but he
But we know the answer to Krashes' question, as reported in September by the New York Observer regarding the Independent Budget Office's (IBO) conclusion that the AY arena would be a money-loser for the city:
“I don’t know what the IBO studies would have shown back when they tried to establish the value of Central Park or Prospect Park or anything else,” [Bloomberg] told reporters. “These are the kinds of projects you have to do because without that we don’t have a future, and we’re going to get this one done.”
No one voting on Atlantic Yards issues can discern much different from the Democratic candidate, Comptroller Bill Thompson. AY voters have to go with Green Party candidate Bill (Rev. Billy) Talen.
Those voting on issues like term limits can find a difference between Thompson and Bloomberg. But the challenger has not exactly distinguished himself with a bold alternative agenda.